For some lunatics (ourselves included), cars can be a source of unadulterated joy. They can mean freedom, self-expression, and even become an extension of who we are. That’s why there are a number of great car magazines and websites for people like us.
But for everyone else, cars are just cars. They get us from point A to point B, and should do it with as little hassle as possible. Most car buyers don’t want to hear about “passion” or “feel,” they want to know what’s reliable, what’s affordable, and what will last them the longest. So instead of turning to the “buff books” as they’re known, many car doubtful buyers turn to a trusted source when they need to buy a new car: Consumer Reports.
CR has spent nearly 80 years scientifically separating the wheat from the chaff and dispensing clear-headed consumer advice on everything from appliances to your next car. While CR’s standouts were a little surprising, its bottom of the barrel is chock with many of the usual suspects. Read on to see the 10 lowest rated cars of 2017:
Nissan Murano 2003.
When it was introduced in 2003, the Nissan Murano was a considerable success for Nissan. Its striking looks were a centerpiece of the company’s new design direction, and its compact size and upscale interior made it a strong sales success. The Murano was even nominated for the North American Truck of the Year Award – but that didn’t stop Consumer Reports from raising the red flag. During testing, it found that in hard cornering, the steering would stiffen, making the Murano difficult to control. Despite the popularity of the Murano, the magazine refused to recommend the SUV until the issue was corrected. In a rare case of automotive humility, Nissan corrected the issue, and Consumer Reports positively reviewed the 2005 Murano.
2010 Lexus GX 460
By 2010, Consumer Reports had learned its lesson about crying wolf too quickly, and did everything right when Lexus’s full-size GX 460 displayed a tendency to roll over. After discovering the issue on its test truck, the magazine bought a second one and ran a series of fully-documented tests on both.The f
indings were the same, and the magazine issued a carefully worded ‘Safety Risk: Don’t Buy’ statement. It wasn’t as alarmist as the old “Not Acceptable” rating, but it urged consumers to avoid the model until Toyota fixed the issue. Instead of taking legal action, Toyota took the toned down warning to heart and immediately recalled the big SUVs for a stability control adjustment. After the issue was fixed, the magazine retested the Lexus and found it to be safe.
2001 Mitsubishi Montero.
Without doubt the montero is an off road monster but has it’s achilles heel where it tends to lose balance or flip over at a turn when running with a speed above 35km/h.
As much as these consumer reports sounds too harsh about someone’s hardwork, it’s just a heads up for non car enthusiasts to consider before purchasing vehicles.
P.S: I sincerely do not know how the cover photo relates with this post, I just had to put up something up.
Till my next post.